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Firearm Transfers

Often the best prices and availability can be found on the Internet. However, federal and state law requires that all interstate firearm transfers be handled by a licensed firearms dealer.

Precise Shooter is such a dealer. We are conveniently located right at the norther tip of Green Lake on Aurora and offer some of the lowest firearm transfer prices - $25 per firearm. The charge is the same for handgun and long gun transfers. Note that we do not accept credit cards for firearm transfers. Please bring cash or a personal check.

From a legal point of view, the transfer process is not very different from a purchase, so please verify your eligibility by taking a look at eligibility and documentation requirements on this page.

Important note on use tax collection on transfers.

State law requires that the dealer who handles the transfer collects tax on the fair value of the firearm, including shipping - but only if the firearm is coming from another dealer.

Under Initiative 594 we are no longer obligated to collect the tax on firearms that come from private parties, in or out of state (though according to the state law, you may still owe the tax to the state; it just needs to be paid by you to the state, directly. Please consult a tax professional).

If a firearm comes from an out-of-state dealer, and you have paid a tax in that state, the amount owed to WA is reduced by the amount you have paid.

Please see here for more details: http://dor.wa.gov/Content/GetAFormOrPublication/PublicationBySubject/TaxTopics/FirearmTransfers.aspx

Transfer process -- buying over the Internet

Most big companies already have our license, but for the ones that don't, you can supply them with this image. A dealer will know what to do next, but if you are buying from a private party, please make sure they include a photocopy of their photo id with the shipment. The photo id MUST have their current address.

Please then notify us of the purchase (by email, please: sales@preciseshooter.com), and share the tracking number when it becomes available.

If you are buying a handgun and do not have a CPL, or you are frequently getting delayed, you can come and initiate the background check before the firearm arrives - but please note before it has shipped. If not, we will notify you when the firearm is here, and you can come to the store to do the transfer.

Please take along a copy of the receipt showing the purchase price of the firearm if we will need to collect the taxes. Please note that ultimately we are responsible for the tax on a fair market value of the firearm, so if the purchase price shown on the receipt is too low, we will be using Gunbroker to estimate FMV, and that is what will be used to compute the tax.

From there on, the transfer experience is exactly the same as the purchase. Please transition to this page for the description of the process.

Transfer process -- local transfer from a private party

Initiative 594 requires the local transfer of firearms between private parties (excluding gifts between the family members) to require background check. We at Precise Shooter use the following process to facilitate this transfer.

But first, a few prerequisites. The buyer of the firearm need to satisfy the requirements, including the documentation requirement, described here. The seller will need to supply a photo ID with the current address. If the address on your driver license is not where you currently live, there is alternative documentation that you can use to document it. Please see this page.

If the process is likely to take several days (a buyer is frequently delayed, or buying a handgun without a CPL), the buyer needs to come first and initiate the transfer. The seller and the firearm need not be present. However, we will need the following information about the firearm:

  • Manufacturer
  • Importer, if any
  • Model
  • Type (pistol, revolver, frame, receiver, shotgun, rifle)
  • Caliber
  • Serial number
  • Barrel length (for handguns)

This information can be emailed to us by the seller, or brought along by the buyer.

The buyer will undergo the background transfer process described here. Once the process is complete, we will need the seller to come to the store, present the firearm to us for registering in our book, and receive the money from the buyer. At this point we will collect the transfer fee ($25) from the buyer and hand the firearm to him or her.

If buyer and seller expect that the background check will complete immediately, they both can visit the store at the same time, but the sequence of events remains the same: background check for the buyer must complete before we want to see the firearm.

Further questions of comments? Please call (206 489-4907) or email sales@preciseshooter.com.